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José Raventós is often mentioned as the inventor of the famous Spanish sparkling wine, which he is said to have produced for the first time in Sant Sadurni d'Anoia in today's DO Penedès region in 1872. However, the honour actually belongs to others. Antoni Gali Comas was already producing a sparkling wine around 1850. Luis Justo y Villanueva (1834-1880), the laboratory director of the Agricultural Institute in Sant Isidre, who taught some producers the champagne method, also deserves credit. At a competition in Barcelona in 1872, sparkling wines were presented by three of his students. The fact is, however, that José Raventós, as head of the Codorníu cava house, was the first to produce sparkling wine from today's standard varieties of Parellada, Xarello and Macabeo, but did not launch it on the market until 1879.

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